Women’s History Month: Kids’ Books

Women’s History Month: Kids’ Books

Celebrate Women’s History Month this March with one (or a few!) of these kids’ books celebrating the amazing accomplishments of women. Pick up a biography about a well-known figure in history like Amelia Earhart, or go for a title that introduces someone new to you. Women have long played pivotal roles in American and world history and this month we recognize all women who overcome everyday obstacles to accomplish truly great things.

Do you have a favorite heroine you look up to? Maybe it’s someone you can read about in a book, or perhaps it’s someone you know personally. Let us know who you celebrate during Women’s History Month!

Stop by one of our branches and let us help you find the perfect resource to learn more about the amazing women who have triumphed, explored, created, and most importantly, lived. Here are fifteen great options to get you started on your journey through women’s history.

Suggested titles

Amelia Earhart written by Ma Isabel Sánchez Vegara. An introduction to the life and achievements of the famed American pilot describes her childhood ambitions to fly and the daring trip around the world during which she disappeared.

Before She Was Harriet by Lesa Cline-Ransome. A lyrical biography of Harriet Tubman honors the woman of humble origins whose courage and compassion make her larger than life, discussing her roles as a slave, a conductor on the Underground Railroad, a nurse, a Union spy, and a suffragist.

Boycott blues : how Rosa Parks inspired a nation by Andrea Davis Pinkney. Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney present a poignant, blues-infused tribute to the men and women of the Montgomery bus boycott, who refused to give up until they got justice.

Brave girl : Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909 by written by Michelle Markel. An illustrated account of immigrant Clara Lemlich’s pivotal role in the influential 1909 women laborer’s strike describes how she worked grueling hours to acquire an education and support her family before organizing a massive walkout to protest the unfair working conditions in New York’s garment district.

Florence Nightingale by Demi. What began as an attempt to make army hospitals safer and more effective became a lifelong mission, and remains relevant today. This picture book biography of Florence Nightingale, from celebrated author and artist Demi, beautifully portrays the story of Florence’s life and explores the long-lasting effects of her career.

Ella Fitzgerald  written by Ma Isabel Sánchez Vegara. Presents information about Ella Fitzgerald, from her youth mired in tragedy to her rise to stardom as one of the top jazz singers of all time.

Hidden figures : the untold true story of four African-American women who helped launch our nation into space by Margot Lee Shetterly. Explores the previously uncelebrated but pivotal contributions of NASA’s African-American women mathematicians to America’s space program, describing how Jim Crow laws segregated them from their white counterparts despite their groundbreaking successes.

Josephine : the dazzling life of Josephine Baker  words by Patricia Hruby Powel. Presents an introduction to the life of the passionate performer and civil rights activist that traces her journey from the slums of St. Louis to the world’s most famous stages.

Little leaders : bold women in black history by Vashti Harrison. Features female figures of black history, including abolitionist Sojourner Truth, pilot Bessie Coleman, chemist Alice Ball, politician Shirley Chisholm, mathematician Katherine Johnson, poet Maya Angelou, and filmmaker Julie Dash.

Ruth Objects : The Life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Rappaport, Doreen. This installment of the award-winning Big Words series brings a legendary figure into focus with Doreen Rappaport’s incisive prose combined with Ruth’s own words. Eric Velasquez’s dynamic illustrations infuse every scene with life in a moving tribute that will inspire young justice seekers everywhere.

Shaking things up : 14 young women who changed the world  by Susan Hood. Fresh, accessible, and inspiring, Shaking Things Up introduces fourteen revolutionary young women—each paired with a noteworthy female artist—to the next generation of activists, trail-blazers, and rabble-rousers.

Shark lady : the true story of how Eugenie Clark became the ocean’s most fearless scientist  written by Jess Keating. At 9 years old, Eugenie Clark developed an unexpected passion for sharks after a visit to the Battery Park Aquarium in New York City. At the time, sharks were seen as mindless killing machines, but Eugenie knew better and set out to prove it. Despite manyobstacles in her path, Eugenie was able to study the creatures she loved so much.

What would she do? : 25 true stories of trailblazing rebel women by Kay Woodward. From historic world leaders to brilliant scientists, artists, and modern-day pioneers, What Would She Do? shares twenty-five incredible women’s stories that educate and empower. Learn about the remarkable achievements and attitudes of feminist trailblazers who overcame huge obstacles to accomplish great things.

Women in science : 50 fearless pioneers who changed the world written and illustrated by Rachel Ignotofsky. A collection of artworks inspired by the lives and achievements of fifty famous women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, from the ancient world to the present, profiles each notable individual.

The youngest marcher : the story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a young civil rights activist by Cynthia Levinson. Presents the life of nine-year-old Audrey Faye Hendricks who became the youngest known child to be arrested for picketing against Birmingham segregation practices in 1963.


Enjoy sharing these books about amazing women with your kiddos. Visit one of our branches to get other great recommendations about books for kids and adults.

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